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October 5, 2011

Cornerstone kicks off Friends of Music season at Holy Trinity


Allied News

GREENVILLE — Friends of Music at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, will present Cornerstone Chorale and Brass, a professional touring ensemble, at 7 p.m. Oct. 7.

The program, co-sponsored by Thiel College Guest Lecture & Artist Series, features 31 singers from the U.S., a brass quintet, narrators and a pianist.

It's currently on a 3-week tour that includes 18 performances in Central and Eastern U.S.A.

Casavant pipe organist, Kathryn Gray, of Thiel College, will perform several hymns along with Cornerstone at the performance.

This year's theme, called "I Make All Things New," is a unique spiritual experience. It combines choral and instrumental music with narration that focuses on faith and Christ's call to serve others.

The group is marking its twenty-fourth year of uplifting programs, which are designed to encourage people to live their faith at a higher level of commitment - especially in reaching out to those in need.

It has performed in 388 venues in the U.S. and Canada, and had formerly been at Holy Trinity twice.

Cornerstone is the creation of conductor Dr. Bruce Vantine.

Each year, Vantine chooses a performance theme - often from scripture - and a variety of choral and instrumental pieces of music. He collects quotations from both sacred and secular sources, and composes musical interludes.

Vantine then carefully weaves all the elements together to create a seamless texture of music and the spoken word.

The presentations have been described as "wonderful musical creations with a powerful and essential message."

Friends of Music combines the music and outreach ministries of Holy Trinity to present live performances of quality music that enrich the lives of the congregation and the community.

It is the congregation's desire to be a caring neighbor and to share the Lutheran tradition and appreciation of fine music.

Cornerstone will open the seventeenth season of Friends of Music. It is free and open to the public, but an offering will be taken from anyone who wishes to support the series.

The church is located at the corner of Penn Avenue and Clinton Street. It is lift-accessible at the Clinton entrance.

For more information, call 724-588-8870 or visit the church's web site at holytrinitygreenville.org. Published Oct. 1, 2011 in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201-A Erie St., Grove City.